Cynara scolymus (Compositae)
The edible flowerhead of the
globe artichoke, as well as its leaves and root, is given by herbalists for
liver, gallbladder and kidney disorders, and for high blood cholesterol
A popular vegetable since Greek and Roman times, it is now a scientifically-proven liver
remedy; it promotes the healing of liver tissue and can reduce blood cholesterol
levels. A native of north Africa but widely cultivated around the world, the plant is a
tall perennial with very long divided leaves that are greenish-grey on top and whitish
beneath. Purple flowers appear in late summer and are large and thistle-like with
Flowerhead, leaves, root.
lactones; alkaloids; flavonoids, including scolymoside; inulin; tannins.
Increases the flow of bile; heals liver cells; increases urine production; bitter (digestive stimulant).
Given for gallbladder and bile diseases, and liver damage caused by toxins, alcohol or hepatitis.
It is also prescribed for raised blood cholesterol levels, and kidney diseases that result in protein in the urine.
Juice, infusion, vegetable, tincture.